My name is Randolph West, and I am an actor, filmmaker, musician, author, and technologist based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. You can find out what I’m thinking on my personal blog, or SQL Server blog.
Before the pandemic, I was part of the Voice Acting Power Squad, and we met every Monday and live streamed on Twitch and Facebook.
This is an incomplete list of things I’ve done for the camera:
- 2022 – Hypnotic Sessions (short film)
- 2021 – Land (feature film)
- 2020 – The Ghost Tank (feature film)
- 2019 – Suburban Trauma (short film)
- 2018 – The Nandi Bear Tenants (voice)
- 2017 – Fargo (Season 3) (television)
- 2016 – Night of the Shadow People (feature film)
- 2015 – Sancha’s Cause (Is Coming To Town) (short film)
- 2015 – The Winner (short film)
- 2015 – Imitative Magic (feature film)
Since January 2022 I am employed full time by Microsoft in the SQL Docs team. Prior to that I was an independent technology consultant, specialising in the Microsoft Data Platform with a focus on performance tuning, disaster recovery best practices, and data recovery. I was a five-time recipient of the Microsoft Data Platform MVP Award between 2017 and 2021.
I have written some free stuff that you can see at GitHub. I also write software in C# and Visual Basic.
I sit on the boards of several companies in Canada and South Africa, designing and building systems for companies you’ve never heard of.
I have co-authored five books so far. I have also contributed to numerous publications over the years.
- SQL Server 2022 Administration Inside Out (Microsoft Press)
- SQL Server on Azure Virtual Machines (Packt Publishing)
- SQL Server 2019 Administration Inside Out (Microsoft Press)
- Stories From The Trenches: Volume 2 from the Let Them Finish series (Melody Zacharias)
- SQL Server 2017 Administration Inside Out (Microsoft Press)
I love music of almost all genres, and I’ve often been heard saying there are at least two songs from any popular performer that I like.
In 2016 I started playing with Garage Band loops, and eventually composed some tracks that are available on SoundCloud. I’d personally classify these under Electronic Dance Music (EDM), but there are trance, house, and other influences in there.
More about me
In the 1990s, people visited this site for my Humour page. For a while I was known for a Windows-based application called ShutOff 2000. I also created South Africa’s first short URL generator, several months before Twitter was invented.
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